General registration for the CIA's 2009 Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival is now open. The conference, Frontiers of Flavor: World Street Food, World Comfort Food, will take place from November 12–14, 2009 at the CIA's historic Greystone campus in the heart of Napa Valley, California. The exclusive event will include more than 60 culinary experts, from street food vendors, hawker chefs, market cooks, tapas and meze specialists to barbecue masters, grandmothers, mothers of chefs, fine dining chefs inspired by street foods and world comfort food, legends of live fire and claypot cooking, cookbook authors, street food chroniclers, and more—from a host of Mediterranean, Asian and Latin food cultures, and across the United States.
A complete roster of guest speakers and chefs will be announced late spring/early summer at www.ciaprochef.com/wof2009. Please stay in touch with us through our Web site to learn more about this spectacular delegation of top culinary talent the CIA is assembling for the conference.
As you may know, this conference has become one of the most sought after events for professionals in our industry. Each year we sell out in a matter of days or weeks, with hundreds of professionals on waitlists. We wish we could accommodate more attendees, but the size of our Greystone campus doesn't permit us to confirm more than 700 total attendees, including our sponsors and participating media.
Registration fees are as follows:
A limited number of tickets for CIA alumni are available at a preferred price of $985, a 10% discount off the general registration rate.
Please note that general registration will only be open this year to chefs and other foodservice professionals from the operator community and culinary educators.
In order to register, which you can do online or by calling our toll-free registration number at our Hyde Park, NY campus (see number above), you must provide the name of the restaurant, hotel, or other foodservice operator company or school or college for whom you work in order to be approved for registration.
Because we stage our Worlds of Flavor Conference specifically to help educate the foodservice operator community about world cuisines and flavor trends, and to provide product education and networking opportunities for our sponsors—and because of the limited size of the Greystone campus—we will no longer be able to accommodate professionals who are employed by producers/suppliers, manufacturers or marketing agencies that do not participate as a sponsor of our Worlds of Flavor Conference or other CIA educational leadership programs. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.
If you are such a person, we encourage your company or organization to become a CIA sponsor today, and help support our ongoing efforts to make world-class educational programming available for the advancement of chefs and other professionals in the foodservice operator community. As a sponsor you'll be aligning yourself with the world's premier culinary college and all of our high-visibility initiatives to help keep our industry's operators successful and ahead of the curve on flavor, health and wellness, and other key menu trends.
Interested? Please contact Holly Briwa, CIA director of corporate relations (firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-967-2400) or Shara Orem, associate director of strategic initiatives (email@example.com, 707-967-2439), for more information. Please start with an e-mail inquiry to facilitate getting sponsor documents e-mailed to you. We still have many educational opportunities available to showcase your organizations' products and services at the 2009 Worlds of Flavor Conference in front of this influential group of industry leaders and menu decision-makers. And for prospective sponsors with a tight budget, we have a new "entry level" sponsorship that includes two supplier (or operator) registrations plus a small ad in our program for $4,500. Otherwise be sure to inquire about how to sponsor a booth in our colorful World Marketplace, or sponsor a seminar, meal, or other conference program element.
In addition to the Worlds of Flavor Conference, please inquire about a number of other sponsorship opportunities for CIA leadership programs that occur throughout the year.
Before you register, please take note of these policies:
If you have further questions about Worlds of Flavor registration, please contact us by phone at 1-800-888-7850, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in our programs, and we hope to see you at our 2009 Worlds of Flavor Conference—or as part of other CIA programs at one of our three campuses (Hyde Park, NY, St. Helena, CA, and our newest campus, San Antonio, TX).